Well, between our hornet invasion and the cold snap in the early winter, all of our bees died.
We were bummed, but not detered! We decided to give it a go this season again. So, we ordered some bees and when they were ready, we drove out to get them and placed them back in our hives.
This year we purchased mini-hives called "nucs" (for "nuclear colony") rather than just a queen and some bees, hoping to get a jump on the season and make them that much stronger going into the winter this year.
They were already thriving when we placed them in our boxes.
Oh I hope, I hope, I hope we get lots of honey this year and that these gals survive the winter!
Wish us luck. ;)